Another State Anti-Gay Marriage Amendment Struck Down
by Dan Savage
on Tue, Jul 1, 2014 at 9:36 AM
It's Kentucky's turn—and, once again, a Republican-appointed judge did the striking down. From the Freedom to Marry's press release just popped into my inbox:
Today a Republican-appointed federal judge ruled that Kentucky’s constitutional amendment banning same-sex couples from the freedom to marry is unconstitutional. U.S. District Judge John G. Heyburn II was appointed by President George H. W. Bush in 1992, on the recommendation of current Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell.
Evan Wolfson, founder and president of Freedom to Marry, released the following statement:
"Today a Republican-appointed federal judge in Kentucky held—as have more than 20 other judges and as did the U.S. Supreme Court last year—that discriminatory state marriage bans are unconstitutional. It is wrong for the government to deny same-sex couples the freedom to marry the person they love; a freedom that is part of every American's liberty and pursuit of happiness. Today’s ruling in Kentucky underscores that America—all of America—is ready for the freedom to marry, and the Supreme Court should bring the country to national resolution as soon as possible."
Kentucky makes for 23 consecutive rulings in a row striking down state marriage bans.
"In America, even sincere and long-held religious beliefs do not trump the constitutional rights of those who happen to have been out-voted," U.S. District Judge John G. Heyburn II wrote to invalidate Kentucky's constitutional amendment banning gay marriage.... Heyburn upheld the right to marry today, but put his ruling on hold pending a decision by a higher court. Heyburn rejected the only justification offered by lawyers for Kentucky Gov. Steve Beshear—that traditional marriages contribute to a stable birth rate and the state's long-term economic stability. "These arguments are not those of serious people," he said.